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Real Madrid join summer scramble for Aston Villa’s Young

| 04.05.2011

Real Madrid are the latest team said to be interested in signing Ashley Young from Aston Villa in the summer.

Young is set to evoke a transfer scramble in the close season as the fact he only has a year remaining on his Villa contract is sure to make him one of the hottest properties on the market.

Villa may still believe they have hope of tying the England international to a new deal, but there is a stronger likelihood that he will be snapped up by a club preparing for Champions League football next season.

Young has been valued at around the £20m mark by Villa in the past, but they may be forced to allow him to leave in a cut-price deal to avoid losing him on a free transfer when his contract expires.

A host of Premier League clubs have been linked with his signature, with Arsenal and Manchester City among those suggested to be monitoring his situation.

However, previous rumours have noted that Young’s desired destination would be to Manchester United, although he may now decide to change this comment as European giants Real Madrid may be keen to take Young to Spain.

Young has already stated that he will make his final decision at the end of the season and his immediate concern is to help ensure that Aston Villa remain in the Premier League this season.

Villa are effectively already safe, but one more victory would confirm this and their best chance of a win from their final three matches on paper comes next at home to Wigan.

It is 5/6 in the Premier League odds that Aston Villa beat Wigan, despite this being something that they have never achieved at home in the Premier League.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.